December 3 2018


Dear Grantees, Partners, Colleagues:

On November 15th we sent you an invitation to gain your input and perspective on our work at The California Endowment through a survey (link will be provided). Hundreds of you took time from your busy schedule to share your perspective, and we thank you.

We want to hear from as many of you because you are so critical to the health of your community, and our state. Please take some time to complete the survey by December 14, 2018.

“We need your input in deciding on how to spend our next billion dollars.” 

“Si prefiere leer la invitación en español, por favor hacer clic en (enlace para la carta)”   

Dear Grantees, Partners, Colleagues:

I REALLY need 20 minutes of your brain’s time. We need your input in deciding on how to spend our next billion dollars.  Now, is your chance to provide input,

On October 12 our Board of Directors released a visioning statement for the work of TCE beyond 2020, when the ten-year Building Healthy Communities (BHC) campaign draws to a close.  In that statement, which was inspired and shaped by many of you during our BHC journey, the Board affirmed its support for a healthier, inclusive California, and put forth Three Bold Ideas to build a strategy around.  Those Three California Ideas were, in short: 1) People Power, 2) Reimagining Our Institutions, and 3) 21st Century “Health for All” system.  We believe a racial equity lens to this work is critical.  These ideas have flowed from our experience with you as grantees and as our partners.

We have also heard from a number of you about the importance of support for the development of a shared vision or narrative for a healthier, more just, and equitable California, and we welcome your reaction to the idea of a community-driven “Social Contract” for our state and nation.

We want to assess the relevance of this vision and accompanying ideas to your work as you see it, and begin to gather some wisdom about the strategies needed to get there.

This survey represents a first step for us in a participatory design process in the months ahead; we’ll also embark on smaller group regional- and issue-based strategy sessions and conversations that we hope many of you can participate in.

This survey is due by December 14, and we pledge to share the highlights and findings of this survey with you by May 2019.

In closing, I’d like to convey, on behalf of our Board, our appreciation for the work of wellness, equity, and justice that you do.  If the past two years of our divided nation’s political discourse has taught us anything, it is the role that philanthropy must play in being more intentional about voice, civic participation, youth engagement, and community organizing – what we have learned as People Power — in pursuit of a vision of wellness for our state.  We need your thinking to help more this vision and ideas forward.

If you would prefer to complete this survey in Hmong, please email

Yog koj xav teb cov lus noog no nrog lus Hmoob, thov sau email rau 

If you would prefer to complete this survey in Khmer, please email

ប្រសិនបើលោកអ្នកចង់បានការស្ទង់មតិជាភាសារខ្មែរ សូមផ្ញើរអុីមែល មកយើងខ្ញុំតាម រយៈ

If you would prefer to complete this survey in Somali, please email

Hadaad rabitid in aad buuxisid sahankan oo Soomaali ah, fadlan e-mail kala xirriir

If you would prefer to complete this survey in Spanish click here,

Si prefiere realizar esta encuesta en español, por favor hacer clic en

If you would prefer to complete this survey in Vietnamese, please email

Nếu quý vị muốn hoàn tất bản khảo sát này bằng tiếng Việt, xin vui lòng


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